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Thanks for the add

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by flattop67, Dec 4, 2016.

  1. flattop67

    flattop67 Just Hatched

    Dec 4, 2016
    Hello everyone! I was raised on a farm but haven't kept chickens for 35 years.
    I built my coop 4 feet wide by 12 feet long by 12 feet high with a run outside that is 20x15. I have 3 nesting boxes.
    I plan to let them free range as soon as they are settled in.
    My question is the coop I have big enough for 6 hens? How many are approprite for the space and knowing I will free range in the spring?
    Thanks again for the add
  2. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    48 Ft2 for 6 birds = 8 Ft2 chicken. Seeing as how its recommended that each chicken has at least 4 Ft2 of coop space (10Ft2/chicken of enclosed run)...yeah, I'd say they will live like queens!
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2016
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  3. flattop67

    flattop67 Just Hatched

    Dec 4, 2016
    Thank you for the response! I appreciate your time.
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us. Agreed - loads of room for a flock of 6, but chicken maths gets us all in the end, so you'll be getting more, I'm sure.

    To refresh your memory - you'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you

    All the best
  5. flattop67

    flattop67 Just Hatched

    Dec 4, 2016
    Thanks so much I did some reading already and realized tomorrow the waterer has to come out of the coop. Thanks for everything
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Thank you for joining us at Backyard chickens. Glad to have you in the flock.[​IMG]
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  7. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013

    Thanks for joining us!
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  8. LauraBrown

    LauraBrown Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC!!
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  9. RodNTN

    RodNTN Following Jesus

    May 22, 2013
    The USA
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I am glad you joined us, best wishes!
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  10. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there, and welcome to the wonderful world of Backyard Chickens! I hope you will make yourself at home here and enjoy it as much as I have! :frow
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